previews... - April 29, 2021 previews... Five of May’s Best Movies
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... Five of May’s Best Movies previews five of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your screens as cinemas (hopefully) re-open their doors in May...



(Out May 28th)


Following in the hugely successful path of Maleficent, another classic Disney villain gets her own re-imagining, with Emma Stone in the titular role. 

Stone plays Estella de Vil, a young fashion designer in 1970s London, struggling to make her name under the watchful gaze of Baroness von Hellman, the head of a prestigious fashion house

We watch as she becomes obsessed with dogs' skins, especially Dalmatians and turns into the villainous Cruella de Vil who terrorized all those dalmatians...

Starring alongside Stone are Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.

I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie is in charge, while Glenn Close, who played the titular character in the 1996 live-action remake and its sequel, to which the film is a prequel, serves as an executive producer.


Those Who Wish Me Dead

(Out May 17th)


Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult lead this stylish new drama, which hits cinemas on the day they re-open. 

The film follows Connor Casserly, a young teenager who witnesses the murder of his father near a large national forest and is now being pursued by assassins intent on silencing him.

Desperate for help, he finds Jolie's Hannah Faber, a veteran fire warden and wilderness survival expert who offers him shelter in her lookout tower.

When the assassins set fire to the forest in order to cover their tracks, the pair must both survive in whatever way they can...

Starring alongside Jolie and Hoult are Finn Little, Aidan Gillen, Medina Senghorel, Tyler Perry, Jake Weber and Jon Bernthal.

Taylor Sheridan, director of Wind River and writer of Sicario and Hell Or High Water. 

Sheridan has co-written the screenplay alongside Charles Leavitt and Michael Koryta, on whose novel the film is based. 


The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

(Out May 28th)


The all-conquering horror franchise returns, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga back as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. This time, they’re faced with the case of a lifetime.

It’s one that begins with the fight for the soul of a young boy and then takes them to a case that saw, the first time in US history, that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.

Michael Chaves, director of the horror hit The Curse La Llorona, takes charge of this one.

Starring alongside Wilson and Farmiga are Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard and Ingrid Bisu. 

The film is the third in The Conjuring series, which has also delivered spin-offs Annabelle and The Nun. 


Peter Rabbit 2

(Out May 21st)


The rabbits are back for a second adventure in this new movie. 

Rose Byrne, Domnhall Gleeson and David Oyelowo star, with James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki among the voice cast.

The original took the classic story by Beatrix Potter and introduced us to Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero whose feud with farmer Mr McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.  

The sequel follows Corden's Peter, who is struggling to fit into family life with Mr McGregor and his partner Bea, and can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, he heads off alone, forcing his family to come and look for him...

The film has been directed by Will Gluck, who was last in action directing the remaking of Annie.  He also directed the 2018 movie, which took over $350 million at the box office. 


Spiral: From The Book Of Saw

(Out May 17th)


Chris Rock's reboot blockbuster horror franchise Saw arrives in cinemas on the day they re-open. 

Samuel L. Jackson, The Handmaid's Tale's Max Minghella and Riverdale's Marisol Nichols will star alongside Rock in the movie. 

Rock plays Zeke Banks, a police detective investigating a series of violent crimes, with Jackson playing his father. Minghella will play William Schenk. 

Banks, who is working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran and Schenk, his rookie partner,  take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the franchise's gruesome past.

Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer’s morbid game.

The has a screenplay is based on a story conceived by Rock and written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg.

Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed the second, third and fourth instalments of the franchise, directs. 

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